Nov 21, 2008

These Boots Are Made For Walking

So far today, in separate incidents, my 3 year old has clocked me in the temple with a sneaker (hard enough to leave a bruise) and had to be carried out under my arm from a playdate (without her coat on) screaming.

Bet you wish I'd stayed on blog sabbatical, huh?

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Anonymous RD said...

Heck, No!

I love the details of life.

To counter:

When my oldest was three she leapt up to kiss me as I bent down to kiss her. She broke my nose with her forehead.

As to behavior:

When your children become older, it becomes worse. Last night, my children began to skirmish over who had the privilege of taking out the garbage, holding the garbage bag, and closing the drawstring of the bag.

I explained to them, if this behavior continued over the weekend when they would be alone with me (H is out of town), they would spend hours in time out doing nothing.

2:57 PM  
Blogger PeppyPilotGirl said...


Well, if it's minutiae you want, trust me, I can provide that - ;)

I'll bet there was a lot of ribbing that went on at work over having your nose broken by your 3 year old. (Suddenly my bruise aches less!)

Hope H has a good time this weekend and that the Garbage Bag Wars don't continue!

9:47 PM  
Blogger Jade said...

One piece of advice about playdates. JUST prior to walking in the door, take a moment to sit quietly with her and discuss the exit strategy and proper behavior while at the friend's house. It's best to do it right before walking in, so that she isn't distracted by other people.

3:01 PM  
Anonymous RD said...


I have lost count on broken noses somewhere around 33 times. I have had full reconstructive surgery in high school - Jade may remember that. I have only broken my nose like 10 times since then.....

As to exit strategy: We start the play date with the pre-game talk. I'll give you a five minute warning and if you fuss, there will be no play dates. We always do the "Five Minute Warning" which is really ten to fifteen minutes, but then you can always say, "I gave you a five minute warning, and then let you play for ten minutes." Also, leaving before you child shows signs of being tired is always a plus. If the child leaves well, reward them with compliments.


2:15 PM  

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